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Road trip Australia - The East Coast

Road trip Australia | Road trip on the East Coast | KILROY
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Road trip Australia | Road trip on the East Coast | KILROY

The A1 highway from Sydney to Cairns is the world's longest coastal road. It will take you up the beautiful Gold Coast, Fraser Island, Whitsundays and end in Cairns.

If you have a crave for swimming and water sports, but want to take a ride at your own pace then you should jump on board a campervan and take one or two months off to explore the east coast of Australia. You can take this road trip either from September to November or from February to April or May. From December to March it rains a lot in Cairns and unless you have a specific desire to hang under the canopy while the one flood replaces the next flood you should avoid this season.

Australia's East Coast road trip route suggestion

Sydney - Byron Bay - Gold Coast - Brisbane - Fraser Island - Kroombit - Rockhampton - Airlie Beach - Whitsundays Island - Cairns 

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Sydney

Sydney | Road trip Australia | Road trip on the East Coast | KILROY

In Sydney you have to go to the beautiful beaches. Bondi, Manly, Narrabeen and Congee are some of the best. You should also enjoy the sight at the harbor and the Opera House! Learn more

Byron Bay

Byron Bay | Road trip Australia | Road trip on the East Coast | KILROY

You are definitely going to love Byron Bay! Byron is a costal surfing village with breathtaking beaches, awesome surf and happening bars, clubs and shops. Learn more

Gold Coast

Gold Coast |  | Road trip Australia | Road trip on the East Coast | KILROY

Australia's Gold Coast offer adventure, theme parks, nature and wild beaches. We can recommend Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Burleigh Heads and Lamington National Park. Learn more

Brisbane

Brisbane |  | Road trip Australia | Road trip on the East Coast | KILROY

Go shopping at Queens Street Mall, visit koalas in the Lone Pine Sanctuary, relax at the South Bank, watch whales and dolphins at Moreton Bay and climb onto the Story Bridge! Learn more

Fraser Island

Fraser Island |  | Road trip Australia | Road trip on the East Coast | KILROY

Fraser Island offers a lot of adventure! Get lost in the middle of the world’s largest dune island and swim in beautiful freshwater lakes. The only highway that you'll find here is the coastline, but you can still have a blast driving through the sand on a 4-wheel drive. Learn more

Kroombit

Kroombit  | Road trip Australia | Road trip on the East Coast | KILROY

Visit Kroombit Tops National Park and live life as a cowgirl or cowboy! Drive on quad bikes, live on a farm, ride horses and learn how to throw a lasso. Learn more

Rockhampton

Rockhampton | Road trip Australia | Road trip on the East Coast | KILROY

Visit the Capricorn Caves, the beautiful Kershaw Gardens and drive to the top of Mt Archer National Park, where you can enjoy the view of the city. If you're in Rockhampton on a hot day, cool down in the Rock Pool Water Park. Learn more

Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach | Road trip Australia | Road trip on the East Coast | KILROY

Airlie Beach is a very nice backpacker spot with a cool vibe! From this beautiful place, you can see many boats departing from the harbor to different coral islands and dive sites, including Whitsundays islands. Learn more

Whitsundays

Whitsundays | Road trip Australia | Road trip on the East Coast | KILROY

Take a boat trip at Whitsundays for a few days. Watch sea turtles from the boat, relax, snorkel and lose your breath at the sight of Whitehaven Beach. Whitsunday Islands must not be missed on your east coast road trip! Learn more

Cairns

Cairns | Road trip Australia | Road trip on the East Coast | KILROY

Cairns is the throbbing backpacker heart of the region and as such, you’ll find loads of great tours and activities taking you up close and personal with all its attractions, including the Great Barrier Reef and the world’s oldest rainforest. It’s also the life and soul of the party with heaps of hostels, bars and clubs Learn more

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Sydney

Sydney | Road trip Australia | Road trip on the East Coast | KILROY

In Sydney you have to go to the beautiful beaches. Bondi, Manly, Narrabeen and Congee are some of the best. You should also enjoy the sight at the harbor and the Opera House!

Byron Bay

Byron Bay | Road trip Australia | Road trip on the East Coast | KILROY

You are definitely going to love Byron Bay! Byron is a costal surfing village with breathtaking beaches, awesome surf and happening bars, clubs and shops.

Gold Coast

Gold Coast |  | Road trip Australia | Road trip on the East Coast | KILROY

Australia's Gold Coast offer adventure, theme parks, nature and wild beaches. We can recommend Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Burleigh Heads and Lamington National Park.

Brisbane

Brisbane |  | Road trip Australia | Road trip on the East Coast | KILROY

Go shopping at Queens Street Mall, visit koalas in the Lone Pine Sanctuary, relax at the South Bank, watch whales and dolphins at Moreton Bay and climb onto the Story Bridge!

Fraser Island

Fraser Island |  | Road trip Australia | Road trip on the East Coast | KILROY

Fraser Island offers a lot of adventure! Get lost in the middle of the world’s largest dune island and swim in beautiful freshwater lakes. The only highway that you'll find here is the coastline, but you can still have a blast driving through the sand on a 4-wheel drive.

Kroombit

Kroombit  | Road trip Australia | Road trip on the East Coast | KILROY

Visit Kroombit Tops National Park and live life as a cowgirl or cowboy! Drive on quad bikes, live on a farm, ride horses and learn how to throw a lasso.

Rockhampton

Rockhampton | Road trip Australia | Road trip on the East Coast | KILROY

Visit the Capricorn Caves, the beautiful Kershaw Gardens and drive to the top of Mt Archer National Park, where you can enjoy the view of the city. If you're in Rockhampton on a hot day, cool down in the Rock Pool Water Park.

Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach | Road trip Australia | Road trip on the East Coast | KILROY

Airlie Beach is a very nice backpacker spot with a cool vibe! From this beautiful place, you can see many boats departing from the harbor to different coral islands and dive sites, including Whitsundays islands.

Whitsundays

Whitsundays | Road trip Australia | Road trip on the East Coast | KILROY

Take a boat trip at Whitsundays for a few days. Watch sea turtles from the boat, relax, snorkel and lose your breath at the sight of Whitehaven Beach. Whitsunday Islands must not be missed on your east coast road trip!

Cairns

Cairns | Road trip Australia | Road trip on the East Coast | KILROY

Cairns is the throbbing backpacker heart of the region and as such, you’ll find loads of great tours and activities taking you up close and personal with all its attractions, including the Great Barrier Reef and the world’s oldest rainforest. It’s also the life and soul of the party with heaps of hostels, bars and clubs